Stained Glass Jello

posted on: Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tomorrow is my son's Birthday. He'll be three years old and he'll tell you things like "I want a toy store for my birthday" and then you'll say back "how about Jello?" and he'll be all over it and totally forget the toy store idea because obviously Jello is just as good when you're three.
Today we took some Stained Glass Jello to his preschool to share with his friends and sing happy birthday. The kids at his crunchy granola preschool loved it. Most of these kids have never had sugar before in their lives. I am officially the cool mom thanks to this recipe. Check out how they were pigging out.
While I was making this on Tuesday night I told my husband that I had never successfully made Jello before. He was all snotty and made comments like "yeah 'cuz it's so hard to mix hot and cold water" and other such things that husbands think it's hilarious to say when you're being dead serious. Well I was being dead serious and the next day when I went to do the other part of the recipe I realized that in fact I had messed up the initial step. Basically I added too much water and it didn't come out as firm as I had envisioned. I'm just telling you this so that you too can laugh at my lack of Jello making skills but also so you'll be aware that the reason why I always mess us is because I always think it's easy to make Jello and then I don't read directions and then...
flimsy-ish Jello
So here is the recipe that I was supposed to make. This is from the fab Food Librarian who has detailed and beautiful pictures on how to make this recipe the un flimsy way.

Stained Glass Jello
  • 4 packets of Jell-o (pick 4 different colors and flavors. For this recipe I used red, yellow, blue and green)
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (knox)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups water
  1. You will only want 3oz of the Jell-o packets. My store only sells the 6oz box so you NEED to make sure you only use half.
  2. Dissolve one of the flavors of Jell-o in 1 cup boiling water and pour into a container. Repeat with the other three flavors. (This is where I messed up because I followed the directions of the box where you also add 1 cup cold water. Make sure you only use the boiling water and not extra water)
  3. After chilling the 4 containers over night cut them into small blocks and place it in a 9x13 pan.
  4. In a separate bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin into 1/2 cup cold water. After the gelatin blooms, add 1 1/2 cup boiling water and dissolve. Add the can of condense milk. Stir and pour the milk mixture over jello and chill overnight.
  5. Cut into blocks and serve.


  1. So awesome! The kids really liked these. The colors are really bright and so pretty. And I've messed up Jello before too!! :)

  2. Those look so cool, I might have to try it!

  3. Your Jello looks great--not too flimsy! So good save. And I think Jello never comes out as hard as you want it to unless you use half the amount of water they recommend! I've always had to eat mine with a spoon and not be able to cut it up in squares, it seems! Nice fun treat for the kiddies. Happy Birthday Enzo!


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